Downloading from file sharing sites can be done from the command line using a nifty program called plowshare.
Download it from here.
Now install it:
wget https://plowshare.googlecode.com/files/plowshare4_1~git20140112.7ad41c8-1_all.deb dpkg -i plowshare4_1~git20140112.7ad41c8-1_all.deb apt-get install -f
Working on the XDA server, I needed to import Rom firmware to work on them. Having an extremely slow connection speed, I cursed the few XDA users who uploaded the firmware to file sharing sites like Hotfile, no doubt to encash on the revenue offered by these sites. I cant blame them, been there, done that. 😉
It’s called plowdown and like all other awesome things, it’s an open source project, currently hosted on Google Project pages. Download it here.
I tried it while working on the xda system, and it worked wonders. It downloaded a 1GB Note 2 firmware in maximum speed, without any issues whatsoever. Problem solved. I could now work on the file remotely without having to download it to my PC first. And along with other tricks I’ve already mentioned, I could even remote copy it to Goo servers and share it. I also remote ftpd the file to my own host.
Here’s the program working along.
To install the program:
Download the latest source tarball from the Google Code repo
tar -xvvf plowshare4-snapshot-git20121104.411fdec.tar.gz
Now install it to a local directory
make install PREFIX=/home/droidzone/myapps
Using the program:
In case of Samsung leaked Roms, most of the files seem to be hosted on Hotfile. Plowdown works very well on Hotfile. You can use the following command to download a typical file:
wget `plowdown http://www.hotfile.com/dl/187869240/8e5ac43/N7100XXDLL7_N7100ODDDLL2_INU.zip.html`
This leads to:
[[email protected]] ~ $wget `plowdown http://www.hotfile.com/dl/187869240/8e5ac43/N7100XXDLL7_N7100ODDDLL2_INU.zip.html` Starting download (hotfile): http://www.hotfile.com/dl/187869240/8e5ac43/N7100XXDLL7_N7100ODDDLL2_INU.zip.html Waiting 30 seconds... done No ascii viewer found to display captcha image Local image: /tmp/plowdown.22419.27107.recaptcha.jpg Leave this field blank and hit enter to get another captcha image Enter captcha response (drop punctuation marks, case insensitive): TRADES edlePer File URL: http://s177.hotfile.com/get/868a280af7edca209458390c8bc18da53af1ebb5/50ecebe8/320/c78ada7ded148d27/b32a838/N7100XXDLL7_N7100ODDDLL2_INU.zip Filename: N7100XXDLL7_N7100ODDDLL2_INU.zip
Note the prompt for the captcha image. The image saved remotely can be scp-d to a local folder, viewed locally, and the captcha typed back in at the prompt. It’s all very easy!